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Hoff released on unsecured bail

Donald “Snooks” Hoff, 49, of 2 Oak Hill Lane had his case continued until September 9, 2003 at 9 a.m. before District Justice Fred Miller yesterday.
Hoff was arrested on Friday after not reporting to court for a hearing on Tuesday.
When Hoff was picked up, he had the use of, possessing with the intent to use, drug paraphernalia, namely a crack pipe with attachment, for the purpose of inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body crack cocaine.
A representative from the District Attorney’s office arrived at 10:15 a.m. for a 9 a.m. hearing. Officer Jeffrey Dillig requested a continuance because of the district attorney’s absence.
Attorney Phillip Robertson, who is representing Hoff in the matter, objected to the continuance.
“The District Attorney had notice of the hearing as we did,” said Robertson. “I am requesting a bail modification.”
Hoff’s bail was set Friday at $50,000 cash percentage bail. Robertson requested that the bail be changed to an unsecured bail.
Officer Dillig objected to the bail modification stating that, “Hoff was a threat to the public as far as his activity goes. I will let the modification at the discression of the court.”
District Justice Miller asked Hoff if he was currently employed.
The defendant answered, “yes, at Mario’s Pizza.”
Robertson added, “My client was offered to take a plea for probation today, so he would have been released.”
Miller told the attorney that he did not want to be privy to any negotiations between the district attorney’s office and the defense attorney.
Miller granted the continuance to September 9, 2003 and bail was modified to $75,000 unsecured bail.
“Mr. Hoff, you were picked up for not being at at a previous hearing, you better be here or you will be picked up again and lodged in the Blair County Prison,” said Miller. “Do you understand what time and when the hearing is?”
“Yes,” said Hoff. “September 9 at 9 p.m. be here at 8:50 a.m.”
Miller advised Hoff if you have to walk to be here, you better be here.”